QOTW: How Do You Feel About Organic Cosmetics?

How do you feel about organic cosmetics?

Beautiful with brains says: I couldn’t care less whether a product is organic or not. If it’s good I’ll buy it and use it, regardless of whether its ingredients are natural or synthetic. It does irritate me though when brands say their products are organic but in reality they are made mostly of synthetic stuff with only a couple of natural extracts to justify their claims. I also didn’t have much luck with real organic products so far. Most of them don’t perform as well as traditional cosmetics, and they aren’t safer either.

A lot of natural ingredients can be irritating and cause allergies for instance. It also isn’t true that chemicals are bad for us because anything that is made of atoms is a chemical, which means that water and plants are made up of hundreds of chemicals too. There is a lot of confusion and misinformation surrounding the organic business so in the end, I’ll just ignore the claims and stick to those products which work for me.

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  1. says

    I agree with you when brands say they’re organic but they aren’t. Organic and “natural” have become these marketing words and their real meanings have been lost. Which sucks! I’m pretty picky about what I put on my skin only because I have insane eczema. I find that products without synthetic fragrances tend to make my skin flare up a lot less.

    • beautifulwithbrains says

      Brittany, I agree that these terms have lost their meanings. They should definitely be better regulated. I don’t have anything against real organic products, it just irritates me when they are used to imply that everything organic is automatically good for you and anything synthetic is automatically bad for you. That’s not true. Not all ingredients work the same for everyone and we should use what works for our skin, regardless of what the label says.

  2. says

    I agree about not caring if something is organic. Maybe that will have me lose points with some health-conscious people, but I just don’t care. Whether it’s food or beauty, I don’t require organic to get by. And I certainly won’t pay more just to get something labeled organic, especially if it works just as well as something cheaper.
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    • beautifulwithbrains says

      Trisha, I don’t believe that organic is automatically healthier. There are lots of organic things that are bad for us and we should just concentrate on using what works for us, rather than spending lots of money on an organic product that may not work as well just because we’re lead to believe it’s safer when it’s not.

  3. Viv says

    I really don’t care!! I have to watch ingredients on food, as one of my children has an extreme autoimmune reaction to gluten. I do also try to ensure that we don’t get too many ‘nasties’ in the things that we eat. That’s enough ‘watching’ :) I’m not sure that I believe that it makes any difference if a product is organic tbh – just makes things expensive.

    • beautifulwithbrains says

      Viv, I’m sorry to hear your child is allergic to gluten. I do believe that we should avoid nasties in our food too, and anything we are allergic to, but when it comes to cosmetics, most ingredients can’t penetrate the skin and just stay on the surface so they’re not as dangerous as some people think and thus there’s no need to switch to organic products if traditional ones work well for you.

    • beautifulwithbrains says

      Makeup Morsels, I agree. It’s great when an organic product really works, but it’s not how it’s labelled that’s gonna make me rush out to purchase it.

  4. says

    I would only care about ‘organic’ in products, along with ‘fair trade’ or something similar, due to the nature of getting things like palm oil or sandalwood.

    I used to sell sandalwood items until I found out that most sandalwood is harvested illegally in India, where it’s becoming endangered. Now, I won’t buy sandalwood items unless I can guarantee that they were grown in Australia or at an ethical farm source, preferably organically. I also prefer organic oils and other ‘grown’ products. It isn’t about them being healthier for our bodies, but rather, healthier for the environment and for the people harvesting these plants. The pesticides used on crops are incredibly dangerous, and farmers have daily mass exposure to them, often causing things like liver failure, blindness, rashes, and lung disorders. The chemicals then go into our groundwater and rivers, which then poisons animals and ourselves later on.

    Most of the time, ‘organic’ is just a marketing label, though. We have little or no way to verify the actual organically-grown status of any item on the shelves. Unless I’m making massage oils or something for myself, or buying from a well-known ethical company, I don’t put stock into the term.
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    • beautifulwithbrains says

      BebeTaian, ethic and environmental concerns are a good reason to switch to organic, although like you pointed out, it’s often hard to determine the origin of an ingredient. I do have a lot of respect for people who turn organic for that reason (although I wish it was easier to do). It’s when they do because they assume that organic is also automatically healthier too that it irritates me as that is just not true.

  5. Janessa says

    I don’t care about them. I look for a product that performs well. I’ve found some “natural” (not even organic) cosmetics to age quicker and so I have to throw it away sooner which is just a waste. Now that I’m informed about ingredients, I don’t even care for “all natural” products anymore nevermind organic. 😀
    I agree that there’s lots of confusion about organic products and that all-natural is best when it’s definitely not.

    • beautifulwithbrains says

      Janessa, I’m with you about looking for products that perform well, regardless of whether their ingredients are organic or synthetic. Natural and organic cosmetics usually lack effective preservative systems which means they’ll go bad sooner and so, if you plan to buy them you’ll have to use them regularly and quickly or you’d be just throwing money away.

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